Latest Phones Under 10000 in India 2018 (With Reviews)

Updated on 2018-06-07 by Geetansh Arora

Latest Phones Under 10000 in India 2018 (With Reviews)

In this article we take a look at the latest phones under 10000 launched in India. All these smartphones were launched recently in 2018. We have listed all phones with their reviews, ratings, pros cons, specs and more. Most of the phones have latest 18:9 aspect ratio bezel-less displays and dual cameras. These latest mobile phones are priced from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10000 in India. We have included couple of options that would cost you a bit above 10000. If you can spend more then take a look at latest phones under 15000.

Under 10000 is known as the budget category in India. Earlier phones in these category used to be very basic but now things have changed. You will see that these phones have all the latest features and perform really well. These phones have 3 to 4GB of RAM and 32 to 64GB of storage and are powered by latest processors which makes multitasking a breeze. Most of the phones will be able to handle heavy games with ease as well. We have provided ratings for every phone and you can use those ratings to find out the phone which suits your needs.

The phones are listed in the order of their launch with latest phone on the top.

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1. Redmi Y2

Y2

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3080mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

Xiaomi has come up with another phone in the under 10000-15000 segment. The Redmi Y1 which was launched last year as a selfie smartphone has received some significant upgrades in terms of internal hardware, cameras, and display. Let's take a look at the brief review of Redmi Y2.

Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch display of 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. The display is bright and vivid with good color reproduction and viewing angles. The resolution is not Full HD so that's a bit disappointing but it is not a deal breaker. The bezel-less on the top and bottom have reduced so the overall size of the phone is similar to other 5.5 inches phones. The build quality of Redmi Y1 wasn't that great but Xiaomi has done a good job with Redmi Y2. The device feels good in the hand. The back is metal so it is a bit slippery but you do get a free transparent case in the box. It comes in 3 colors: Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. Our favorite color is Rose gold. 

Inside the Redmi Y2, we have the same Snapdragon 625 chipset which we have seen on Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 5. Snapdragon 625 is a decent performer and very power efficient chipset so we don't have any complaints. The phone is available in 2 variants: 3GB RAM-32GB Storage and 4GB RAM-64GB Storage. If you are a heavy user and use a lot of apps and games then go for the 4GB-64GB variant. If your use only camera, social media apps etc then 3GB variant should be fine. The overall performance of the device is good and you won't face any lag during the day to day usage. Redmi Y2 scores around 70000 on Antutu benchmarks which is similar to Antutu score of other Snapdragon 625 devices like Redmi Note 5 and Mi A1.

Let's talk about camera now. Redmi Y2 is a camera-centric smartphone and have received a good upgrade in the camera department. There is a 12MP+5MP dual camera on the back. The camera is placed vertically just like it was on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The 12MP camera is a color sensor and 5MP camera is a depth sensor which helps to take portrait mode shots with depth effect. The rear camera performance is good in both daylight and low light conditions. The pixel size is 1.25um which helps to improve the low light performance. Edge detection in portrait mode is good as well.

The selfie camera on the Redmi Y2 is a 16MP sensor with a front flash. The front flash is very useful in low light conditions. The front camera also has portrait mode and can take pictures with depth effect. In our initial tests, the front camera performance was good. Edge detection wasn't that great and you might see your hair getting blurred in some of the shots. The front camera has features like AI beauty which removes blemishes and makes you look beautiful. The front camera is also used for face unlock which is not that quick but still, performance is decent. If you don't like face unlock then there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. It is safe to say that Redmi Y2 is the best budget camera smartphone available in India under Rs. 10000.

Redmi Y2 comes with MIUI 9.5 out of the box which is a custom skin based on Android 8.1. We don't really like MIUI because it comes with a lot of bloatware and the UI isn't great either but you can change that with a launcher. If you like to use dual apps, second space etc then MIUI is great for you.

The battery inside the Redmi Y2 is 3080 mAh and would last for a day on single charge. It would have been great if Xiaomi has gone with a 4000 mAh battery like on Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. The charger inside the box is 5V, 2 Amps charger which will charge the device in around 2 hours. 

It is a dual sim device and Xiaomi has added a dedicated MicroSD slot this time which is great. If 32GB or 64GB is not enough for you, you can slide in a MicroSD card to increase the storage by up to 128GB. Redmi Y2 is not waterproof or dustproof and doesn't have any IP rating so keep it away from water and mud. 

The Redmi Y2 has been priced at 9999 for the 3GB-32GB variant and 12999 for 4GB-64GB variant. It is an Amazon India exclusive device. We think pricing is decent and you are getting good value for money. The price of the lower variant is same as Redmi Note 5. Redmi Y2 has better cameras and Redmi Note 5 has better battery and display. So go for Y2 is you are going to use the camera a lot. If you don't use the camera much then Note 5 or Realme 1 is a better option.

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2. Honor 7A

7A

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.7 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹8999



Brief Review:

Huawei has launched Honor 7A and Honor 7C which become the latest in line to Huawei’s budget offerings. Honor 7A features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels making a PPI of ~282. The smartphone is quite comfortable and feels a lot better in hand while usage. Huawei has put an 18:9 display in Its bid to get more people get this smartphone. There are some bezels on the sides and some bigger ones on the top and bottom. The display is 720p but is good enough for most of the tasks. The viewing angles are decent. Sunlight readability is not the best on Honor 7A.

Above the display are the front camera sensor, earpiece, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. On the rear, there’s much anticipated dual camera setup which is not vertically stacked like every other smartphone, right now. The LED flash is included in the camera cutout which is kind of different from the rest. The circular fingerprint sensor sits at horizontal center just a few centimeters from the camera housing. On the bottom, we find a Micro-USB and a 3.5mm audio jack, accompanied by speaker grill, nothing fancy. 

Honor 7A features Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 at Its core which has an octa-core CPU with 4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4x1.1 GHz Cortex A53. To handle the graphics workload, Adreno 505 is on-chip as well, coupled with plush 3GB of RAM. In real life usage, the smartphone will be keeping up the pace quite easily but don’t expect serious multitasking and a lot of stuff going around together without some hiccups. Otherwise, the performance is super smooth for everyday usage. Adreno 505 does pretty good at most games but gets the system warm on heavy titles on the Play Store, so If you want to play lots of games, Honor 7A might not be the best choice. The 3GB of RAM does a good job in keeping the software experience fluid and responsive at all times. The device comes with 32GB of onboard storage which is expandable up to 256GB using MicroSD cards.

Like other Snapdragon 430 phones, the Honor 7A scores around 45000 on Antutu Benchmarks which is a decent score for phone in this price range.

Since no one is letting go of the dual camera craze, Honor 7A hits right on spot with dual camera setup sporting 13 MP + 2 MP, f/2.2 sensors with LED flash. For the love of selfies, we have an 8.0 MP, f/2.0 sensor up top of the display. The rear camera performance is good in outdoor well-lit conditions. Images look sharp with a good amount of details. Portrait/Bokeh effect also seems to work well. The camera performance indoors under low light conditions is average though which is expected from phones in this price range. There is no image stabilization so videos will be shaky.

The front camera also performs well in outdoor conditions. We weren’t expecting much from a budget camera like this one and clearly, Huawei is no mood of breaking the stereotypes. The camera performance is more or less equal to the competitors in the range where we see the likes of Xiaomi with some pretty average cameras, Nokia and Motorola are doing relatively better but not by a big difference.

Out of the box, Huawei Honor 7A will run on Android 8.0 Oreo with Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.0 on top. EMUI 8.0 has evolved a lot from being a gimmicky loaded skin to a refined, responsive and unobtrusive Android experience, there are still a lot of features you won’t ever use, hidden inside some UI clunks, thanks to past legacy but In all Its a stutter-free experience and RAM management is good as well, so we rate the software experience as good if not great. Since It is still EMUI, there are still unnecessary pre-installed apps which you can’t remove and It still doesn’t believe in minimalism and material design.

Honor 7A comes with a 3000mAH battery which should last a day in all scenarios but there is no sight of fast charging so we are kind of bummed here. Huawei’s SuperCharging tech would have been appreciated highly here but since these are budget grounds, we can’t blame them hard. The battery backup will be 1 day on medium usage and 1.5 days on light usage. There is a Micro-USB port for charging at the bottom of the phone. There are no stereo speakers, just a single one firing downwards which is loud enough. There is no special force with the 3.5mm jack so we don’t expect some out of line audio performance on Honor 7A. Moreover, the smartphone hasn’t been handed any IP rating so It would be safe to keep it away from liquids and dust.

Since we’ve used ‘budget’ all over the writing, Huawei Honor 7A is priced at ₹ 8,999 in India and is available exclusively on Flipkart. In terms of pricing, we don’t find It to be that aggressive but It is not bad either. There are a lot of good things in this smartphone and the price is justified.

Huawei has not been a giant in India despite their presence for quite some time in India, most of their revenue comes from the budget segment and they are not wrong to reinforce their biggest gainer with the top of the line features and trends in 2018. Huawei’s is certainly getting good at making complete smartphones and providing value for money. Honor 7A just exemplifies that.

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3. Honor 7C

7C

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

Huawei has been on a smartphone launch spree lately and this time around, It is looking to reinforce the segment where most of Its revenue comes from In India, Honor 7C is latest in line of sub-₹ 10k smartphones in India, packing some hefty features for the price.

Honor 7A  and Honor 7C feel absolutely similar except this one is a little bigger with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a full 18:9 aspect ratio at a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels which turns out the pixel density to be a measly ~269 PPI. Since It is 2018 and everything is about putting more display estate and ditching bezels, low cost Androids are not missing the trend either. There are some bezels on the sides which are not that noticeable but the ones at top and bottom are. The smartphone is not much thick at just 7.8mm and weighs 164grams which is not at all heavy given Its a smartphone with a 6-inch display. The backplate is made of aluminum accompanied by plastic antenna bands on top and bottom. We are not very impressed with the construction and materials used here, It feels solid enough though. Honor 7C is overall a well-built phone with some sacrifices as It occurs with every on-budget device. 

So, as the spec sheet says, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 runs the show on Honor 7C which is definitely an upgrade over Snapdragon 430 on Honor 7A. Snapdragon 450 has an octa-core CPU packed of 8 Cortex-A53s clocked at 1.8GHz. Adreno 508 serves as GPU, coupled with 3GB of RAM. This places Honor 7C in exactly the same leagues as the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the device is an impressive budget performer. The multitasking is smooth. Presence of 3GB of RAM makes things easier and a tad smoother.

General performance is fluid and we don’t have any beef with the smartphone here. Adreno 508 is quite capable when it comes to gaming and can take almost all titles on the Play Store head on. It struggles a bit heavy gaming but It still plays most games with absolutely no lag. For everyday tasks, the smartphone is powerful enough but if you are a power user you might need to dial your expectations down. Huawei has done to give the most value for money in form of Honor 7C.

Dual cameras are the new mainstream definition of smartphone camera and It's taking over the scene quite fast, we appreciate Huawei making the game intense by putting dual sensor 13 MP + 2 MP, f/2.2, with LED flash at the back and an 8 MP, f/2.0 sensor with a soft LED flash at the front for selfies. The second camera at the back doesn’t do a lot, except capturing the depth information for making those bokeh shots possible. While taking the camera out for a spin, we found that It is just a notch better than other budget cameras but the performance isn’t all that stupefying. It takes some decent shots in outdoor lighting with very feeble dynamic range, the camera struggles without a shy in low-light conditions and the indoor lighting doesn’t work well as well. The portrait mode works justifiably good but isn’t the best we’ve seen in the range. Overall, the camera performance is quite satisfactory with nothing to blow our minds. And since Its a budget Android, no one is expecting exceptional camera prowess here. 

The story is similar with front selfie camera as well and it takes nice shots in outdoor well-lit conditions and performance is average indoors. The front camera works well for the Face Unlock feature and phone usually unlocks in around 0.3-0.5 seconds.

Honor 7C runs on Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box with EMUI 8 on top. EMUI is Huawei custom overlay on top of Android which has come a long way from being annoying and gimmicky to being a more sophisticated, snappy and polished skin. We don’t like skins, we are stock Android people but if one has to go with skins, I definitely count EMUI as one of the finest ones out there. It is still feature loaded with some of them quite appreciated like Ride mode for bikers, gaming mode to avoid notifications, Huawei Histen for enhancing audio quality.

Huawei has shipped Honor 7C with 3000mAh battery. It gets about a day’s worth of battery life on normal use but you would need to put it on charge before that if you are a heavy user. There is a MicroUSB port for charging at the bottom, and you shouldn’t be expecting a USB-C here. The charging isn’t a sweet dream as there is no fast charging and the smartphone takes nearly 2.5 hours to fully charge.

Snapdragon 450 is a decent performer and Honor 7C scores around 65000 on Antutu benchmark. The device has a sturdy build but is not covered with any IP rating so keep It way from liquids and dust at all times.

Honor 7C has been priced at ₹ 9,999 in India for the model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The other variant comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, priced at ₹ 11,999. The Honor 7C is available exclusively on Amazon.in. Other than that, customers can also get the smartphone at Honor India's own online store.

So, that’s all we have about Honor 7C at the moment, the device is almost a big brother to Honor 7A and is one of the most budget complete smartphones in the segment which is quite volatile. Huawei has been active in keeping their lineup up to date with the latest trends most of them are seen here - the tall, 18:9 display, dual cameras, face unlock and more. Honor 7C is right on the money, we believe the pricing could have been a bit more aggressive to hurt the likes of Xiaomi but the ones who are looking beyond Xiaomi in the budget range, Huawei is offering some greatness.

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4. Oppo Realme 1 32GB

Realme 1 32GB

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3410mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Diamond Black, Solar Red Colors

Best Price ₹8990



Brief Review:

Realme 1 is an Oppo branded smartphone which comes with a very attractive pricing and features. This phone will be sold exclusively via Amazon and if you want to grow above the likes of Xiaomi, this phone can totally fill the gap. Let us find out what all it holds in this review.

From the design perspective, Realme 1 has a 6 inch Full HD Plus display with a bezel-less display and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display quality is amazing with perfect colour reproduction and clarity. On the back, it has a glass finish with glossy effect and a diamond cut pattern (as seen on the Oppo F7 and Oppo A83) that looks completely beautiful but is also a bit of a fingerprint magnet. On the design front, this is a great looking smartphone.

Let us now talk about the performance, this Realme 1 from Oppo uses a very powerful processor Helio P60 from MediaTek that scores around 135000 on the Antutu Benchmark. This score indicates the Helio P60 powering the Oppo Realme 1 beats the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro which is powered by Snapdragon 636. The Antutu score depicts the performance of the phone and with our usage we found the phone to be replicating the same. It gave a powerful performance with not even a slightest of lag or issue with any sort of multitasking.

In the Camera department, Realme 1 comes with a single rear sensor of 13MP with LED flash and an 8 MP sensor on the front. The rear camera images have a good amount of details but when the images are zoomed in, there is a bit of noise that can be seen. The Realme 1 uses AI and beautification mode to enhance the images. On the front camera, we again have the option of bokeh effect, the image quality is good with sharp colours and clarity. Both the rear and the front camera features AR stickers.  Comparing the camera performance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro camera absolutely stands out in both rear and front camera with punchier details and better clarity but Oppo Realme 1 camera is much better than the Redmi Note 5.

This smartphone uses Color OS 5.0 as its operating system which is based on Android 8.1. This is the same operating system version seen on oppo F7. There is very little bloatware and comes with some much-needed features that ease the use of your phone.

Oppo Realme 1 comes with face unlocking using the front camera but does not have a fingerprint sensor. Face unlocking is becoming more popular nowadays with most of the smartphone featuring it and users have been comfortable in using it. So the removal of fingerprint sensor should not be a roadblock for this phone but is a move from Oppo to cut down the cost and offer a great price. It is a dual sim phone with a dedicated SD Card slot that can be expanded up to 256 GB.  It also has a 3.5 mm headphone jack but no Type C port.

This phone has a battery of 3410 mAH which can easily last for a day with normal usage. Oppo claims that the phone has AI battery management features which learns as per the usage beahiour and shuts down the background apps to enhance the battery backup. Realme 1 does not support fast charging and will take about 130-150 minutes for a full charge. This smartphone from Oppo weighs only 155 gm and feels comfortable in hand. There is no IP rating on Realme 1 so you will have to keep the phone safe from dust and water.

Let us now talk about the pricing, this smartphone from Oppo comes in 3 variants of 3GB/32GB variant priced at Rs 8999, 4GB/64GB variant priced at Rs 10999, 6GB/128GB variant priced at Rs 13999. The pricing as per specification this phone offers is very competitive and holds the mettle to rake in very good sales and demand.

This Oppo Realme 1 is a powerful beast and the variant are a great value for money. It has perfect looks, performance and a decent camera for the price range. If you have a budget of under 10000 or under 12000, then buying the Oppo Realme 1 makes a lot of sense as you get the same processor(in 3GB and 4GB model) and features which actually stands out when compared with any other phone in the price range of 10000.

If you are looking on this phone with a perspective of the camera, then it is a bit of disappointment, especially when comparing the 6GB model priced similarly with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, 4 GB model having a top-notch camera quality.  But on the other side, if the camera is not your topmost priority but you are looking for a power house, then the 6GB model at the pricing of 13999 can happily suffice your requirements.

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5. Xiaomi Redmi 5

Redmi 5

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.7 inch HD+ Display 1440 x 720p
  • Back Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹8999



Brief Review:

Xiaomi had a fantastic 2017 in India and almost all of their smartphones Redmi 4,  Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4A were bestsellers. Redmi Note 4 even became the best selling smartphone in India. Xiaomi is planning to replicate the success in 2018 with the latest Xiaomi Redmi 5 series smartphones. Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro were launched in Feburary as Flipkart exclusive smartphones. We reviewed the Redmi Note 5 Pro and found it very impressive. Check out the in-depth review of Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Redmi 5 is the successor of Redmi 4 which was launched earlier in 2017. Redmi 5 is a budget device like Redmi 4 and is priced below Rs.10000. So what's the difference between Redmi 4 and Redmi 5? Let's take a look at that.

The major difference is that Redmi 4 was a 5-inch smartphone and Redmi 5 has a large 5.7-inch display on the front. The display is of 18:9 aspect ratio with HD Plus resolution. Bezel-less displays have been a trend this year and it's great to see Xiaomi bringing it to the budget segment. The display looks beautiful and gives a premium feel to the device. The resolution is only HD+ so it is not that sharp but considering the price point, we think it is fine.The display size has gone up from 5 inches to 5.7 inches but the overall size of the device has just increased by 10mm so users should not worry about the size.

Another major visible change is the lack of backlit buttons on the bottom. Xiaomi has moved to on-screen buttons to reduce the bezel size. Xiaomi has followed the metal unibody design approach in Redmi 5 as well and the build of the device is solid. The back of Redmi 5 is curved a bit which makes it easy to hold. There is a 2.5D glass on the display as well but we don't know whether it gorilla glass or not. Overall, the device looks really nice.

Let's talk about cameras on the Redmi 5. There is a single 12MP sensor on the back of the phone with 1.25-micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. Xiaomi has not gone with a dual camera setup so you can't take portrait mode pictures with it. The back camera performs well in daylight outdoor conditions. The pictures are sharp and vibrant. The camera performance indoors in low light conditions is average. On the front, there is a 5MP camera with a LED flash. The front camera can take decent selfies and the front flash helps under low light conditions. Overall, the camera performance is decent and we don't have any complaints considering that the device is priced below 10k.

For security, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of Redmi 5. The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate and you won't face any issues with it. The Redmi 5 is not water or dust proof so there is no IP rating.

Inside the Redmi 5, we have a Snapdragon 450 chipset with 2/3/4GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of storage. The Snapdragon 450 processor is latest and best in the entry-level chip segment and we are happy to see that Xiaomi is not cutting any corners here. The Snapdragon 450 chipset is built on 14nm process technology and is very power efficient. The Antutu Score of Snapdragon 450 is around 55000 which is a 20-25% improvement over Snapdragon 435 which we saw in Redmi 4. Overall, the Redmi 5 performs tasks smoothly and you won't face any issues with multi-tasking and gaming. We do recommend going for the 3GB/32GB variant as more RAM always helps in multitasking.

Redmi 5 is running on latest MIUI 9 which is based on Android 7.1.2. We are sure that Xiaomi will be updating the Redmi 5 to Android Oreo. The MIUI 9 skin is something we don't like as it is very heavy and consumes a lot of RAM. We hope that Xiaomi will move to stock android one day.

The battery inside the Redmi 5 is 3300mAh. Redmi 4 came with a large 4100mAh battery so 3300mAh is a drop of about 20%. Plus, the screen size has increased as well. What it means for the users is that you won't be able to get excellent battery backup like Redmi 4 but still, it will be decent. You can expect 1-1.5 days of battery backup on a single charge. There is no fast charging on the device so it will take around 2 hours to go from 0 to 100%.

There are 3 variants of Redmi 5. The 2GB-16GB is priced at 7999, 3GB-32GB at 8999 and 4GB-64GB at 10999. We think 3GB-32GB provides the best value for money and you should buy that.

So that was all we had on Redmi 5. Overall, Redmi 5 is an excellent value for money device which looks great and performs well. We are sure that Redmi 5 will be able to replicate the success of Redmi 4 in India. If you need a phone under 10000 then this is the phone for you.

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6. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Redmi Note 5

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

All of the Xiaomi's smartphones, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi Note 4 and Mi A1 were bestsellers last year. Redmi Note 4 became the best selling phone in India. Today, on 14th Feb, Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. Check out Redmi Note 5 Pro here.

Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 5 are very similar devices. The only change is the display which has now changed 5.5 inches 16:9 display to 5.99 inch 18:9 display. Xiaomi is finally jumping on to the 18:9 bezel-less display trend. The resolution of the display is Full HD Plus. The bezel-less display looks beautiful and gives a premium feel to the device. The colors are vibrant and brightness is decent.

Even when the display size has increased, the size of the device is almost same as other 5.5 inch devices as Xiaomi has reduced the bezels. So if you are using a 5.5-inch device, you won't notice much change in device size.

Smaller bezels mean there are no dedicated navigation buttons on the front of Redmi Note 5. Redmi has moved from dedicated buttons to on-screen buttons to reduce the bezel size. The phone follows metal unibody design approach and the build of the device is solid. The design is very similar to Redmi Note 4 so no surprises there.

The back of Redmi Note 5 is curved a bit which makes it easy to hold. There is a 2.5D glass on the display as well but we don't know whether it gorilla glass or not. Overall, the device feels nice in hand. It is a bit slippery so getting a case would be a good idea.

Now let's talk about the camera. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has a single 12MP sensor on the back(again same as Redmi Note 4) of the phone with 1.25-micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. The back camera performance is decent in daylight outdoor conditions. The pictures look good but are not that detailed.

The camera performance in low light conditions is average and same as Redmi Note 4. 

On the front, there is a 5MP selfie camera with a LED flash. The front camera can take decent selfies and the front flash helps under low light conditions.

For security, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of Redmi Note 5. The fingerprint sensor placement is same as that on Redmi Note 4. The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate and you won't face any issues with it. The Redmi Note 5 is not water or dust proof so there is no IP rating.

Inside the Redmi Note 5, we have the same Snapdragon 625 chipset which we saw on Note 4. It comes in 2 variants, first one with 4/4GB of RAM and second with 32/64GB of storage. The Snapdragon 625 has been Xiaomi's favorite and they have used it in various devices like Note 4, Mi Max 2 etc.

On benchmark side, you will see Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 scoring around 65000 on Antutu Benchmark which is a decent score. Overall, the Redmi Note 5 performs performance is good. It handles multitasking as well. Plus, you won't face any issues with heavy games.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is running on latest MIUI 9 which is based on Android 7.1.2. We are sure that Xiaomi will be updating the Redmi Note 5 to Android Oreo. 

The battery inside the Redmi Note is of 4000mAh capacity. This is same as what we saw on Redmi Note 4. Large battery and efficient processor means you can get 2 days of battery backup.

There is no fast charging on Redmi Note 5 so charging time will be around 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes for 0 to 100%.

Overall, Redmi Note 5 is a good value for money smartphone which looks decent and performs well. 

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7. Infinix Hot S3

Hot S3

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹8999



Brief Review:

Infinix Hot S3 is the lastest smartphone from Infinix launched on 6th Feb in India. The Hot S3 is a selfie-centric phone with a 20MP front camera. It also comes with a bezel-less display of aspect ratio 18:9 which has been a trend lately.  Infinix Hot S3 comes with a 5.65-inch screen with HD+ resolution, the display is an IPS display protected by 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla glass protection. The phone is easy to hold in hand and feels light in weight even though it comes with a large 4000mAh battery.

Infinix Hot S3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor and runs on Android 8 Oreo. It is not stock android though. It runs on Infinix's own custom skin which doesn't look that great but does perform well. There are few extra apps but not a lot of bloatware which is a good thing.

The phone comes in 2 variants of 3GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. The Antutu benchmark score of Infinix Hot S3 is around 44000.

The camera performance of Infinix Hot S3 is impressive for the price, it has a rear camera of 13MP resolution. The camera performs well in daylight and under low light the performance is average. The front camera, which is USP of the device, is a 20MP camera with a selfie dual-tone flash. The front camera on Infinix Hot S3 is great for taking selfies. The pictures look great under daylight. Low light selfies also come out well because of dual-tone flash. Overall the camera performance is good. There is also beautify mode which is something a lot of people like.

Infinix Hot S3 also worked well in the gaming department with no noticeable lag observed even in the high-end games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5. The fingerprint sensor is on the back and is pretty accurate.

The battery for Infinix Hot S3 has a good capacity of 4000mAH. With an efficient chipset like Snapdragon 430, you can expect it to last for 1.5 days with heavy usage and 2 days with light usage which is excellent battery backup.

The Hot S3 comes with a dedicated micro SD card slot which can be used to increase the storage by up to 128GB. Thumbs up to Infinx for going with a dedicated MicroSD card slot.

The Infinix Hot S3 is not waterproof or dustproof so no IP rating is there for it. We hope that in few years budget smartphones will also have IP ratings.

Overall, the Infinix Hot S3 ticks all the right boxes. It has a nice display, good cameras, excellent battery and a decent entry-level chipset. The selfie camera is the USP of the device. We like the device and would call it one of the best smartphones under 10000. It will compete with the Lenovo K8 Plus and Redmi Y1, which are also really good devices.

Update: Infinix Hot S3 has received face unlocking feature via a software update. Now you can unlock the device just by looking at it.

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8. Smartron t.phone P

t.phone P

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.2 inch HD Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹7999



Brief Review:

Smartron t.phone P is the latest device in the Indian market and it will go on sale on Flipkart on 17th Jan. Smartron t.phone P has a long and confusing name. A simple name like Smartron P would have been better. It has been priced at 7999. Let's take a look at what it offers.

Smartron t phone P comes with a metallic build which feels good in the hand. The battery inside the phone is massive at 5000 mAh. Even with this large battery, the phone doesn't feel heavy. Its weight is 160g and thickness is under 9mm. So Smartron has done a good job by keeping the weight low. The phone feels comfortable in the hand and is easy to use.

The display on the front is 5.2-inch display with 720p HD resolution. The display is good for the price with good colors and decent viewing angles. The 5.2-inch display size makes the phone handy and can be used with one hand.

For security, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of Smartron t phone P which is quick and accurate. 

On the camera side, you will see a 13MP sensor at the back and 5MP camera sensor at the front. The camera performance is average as there is a lot of noise in indoor low light pictures. Outdoor shots look better though. The front camera has similar performance as well. As the Smartron t.phone P is priced under 8000 we can't complain much. 

Inside the Smartron t.phone P, we have a Snapdragon 435 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The storage can be increased with a MicroSD card but the sim slot is hybrid so you cannot use 2 sim cards and a MicroSD at the same time. The SD435 is a decent entry-level chipset and with 3GB of RAM, it can handle multitasking with ease. Popular games also run well and there was no lag. So overall performance of the device is very decent and no complaints regarding that.

The Smartron t.phone P scores around 45000 on Antutu benchmark and  686/2647 single-core/multi-core on the Geekbench benchmark. These scores are similar to other phones in this segment like the Redmi 4 and Redmi Y1. Lenovo K8 Plus runs on Mediatek chipset and scores more than 60000 on Antutu so it is more powerful than Smartron t.phone P.

The battery inside the phone is massive 5000 mAh. Coupled with a 720p display and efficient Snapdragon 435 chipset, it is an excellent recipe for excellent battery backup. You can expect 2-3 days of backup on a single charge. The phone comes with a 5V 2Amp charger so charging time of the device will be around 3 hours.

The Smartron t.phone P is not waterproof or dustproof no IP rating is there. It would be a good idea to keep it away from water and sand.

Overall, Smartron t.phone P is a value for money device with a massive battery. If you hate charging your phone and your budget is around 8000 then go for it. If you like Redmi then Redmi 4 is a great option. If you can spend little more then go for Lenovo K8 Plus(See review) which is more powerful and comes with a dual camera and if you like to take selfies then you should go for Redmi Y1(See review) as it comes with a great front camera.

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9. Honor 9 Lite

9 Lite

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Grey, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹10999



Brief Review:

Honor 9 Lite is the latest smartphone in India from Huawei/Honor in the budget segment of around Rs. 10000-15000. Before this, we have seen 3 launches from Honor in last 4 months. The first one was Honor 9i, the second was Honor 7X and third was Honor View 10. We liked all those devices, now let's take a look at Honor 9 Lite.

Honor 9 Lite looks stunning. The phone is covered with glass on the front and back and has a very glossy finish. Yes, it is prone to fingerprints but when it is clean, it looks gorgeous. I don't remember the last time we saw a budget device that was this beautiful. If you are wondering which color is the best then my first choice would be Blue, then grey and then black. This is just a personal preference. Go with the color you like most.

The build of the phone is solid and it feels good in the hand. We have a 5.65-inch full view display with Full HD+ resolution. The display is large but the phone isn't because of the smaller bezels. You won't face any issues with one hand usage. The phone is slippery because of glass design so that might be a problem. 

The aspect ratio of the display is 18:9 which is something we are seeing in all latest smartphones. The display is covered with 2.5D glass. Once again, we don't know whether there is tempered gorilla glass or not. Looking at Honor's past record, we think it is not a gorilla glass so getting a tempered glass for your Honor 9 Lite would be a good idea.

The Honor 9 Lite comes powered by 2.36 GHz Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor, which is a powerful processor capable of handling all the normal multitasking swiftly. We have seen the same chipset on the recently launched Honor 7X and Honor 9i. The chipset performs well and is efficient as well so we don't have any complaints.On Antutu benchmarks you will see a score of around 62000.

The multitasking Honor 9 Lite assisted by 3 or 4GB of RAM depending on which variant you buy. It comes with 32/64 GB of internal memory. Plus there is a MicroSD card slot which can be used to increase the storage by up to 256GB. The slot is hybrid so you can either use 2 sims cards or 1 sim card and a MicroSD card. We hate the concept of the hybrid slot because it limits the functionality of the device.

The USP of the device is the camera setup. Honor 9 Lite has a dual rear camera and dual front camera, The rear camera is a 13MP + 2MP dual camera while the front camera is a 13MP + 2MP dual camera. the dual camera setup allows additional effects to be added to the photos clicked. Both camera setups have an RGB camera sensor and a monochrome camera sensor. Details are captured from both cameras to make images sharper. Plus, they help to give a bokeh/depth effect to your pictures also known as portrait mode. We have seen the same camera setup before on Honor 7X and 9i and the performance are same. The pictures are nice in outdoor lighting. The bokeh effect also looks good in pictures from both front and rear cameras. The camera performance under low light conditions is average which is expected from a smartphone in this price range. Overall, we think the camera performance is decent and you won't be disappointed.

Honor 9 Lite also supports the feature as seen in other Honor phones where the image background can be blurred even after clicking the image. This feature is really good as you can blur the background to your liking after taking the picture. 

For security, the back of the phone supports an active fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. The fingerprint sensor is fast and responsive and you are not going to face any issues with it.

The Honor 9 Lite runs EMUI 8 which is a skin based on Android 8 Oreo. EMUI has some useful customizations like drawing an S for a long screenshot to capture an entire web page, tap twice with one finger for a screenshot, and tap twice with two fingers for screen recording. These small features can be very useful. There is some bloatware on the device but those apps can be uninstalled.

The handset supports 3000mAH battery which should be sufficient for more than a day for normal usage. It comes with a 5V 2Amp charger and there is some kind of fast charging so you can expect your device to charge from 0 to 100% in around 2 hours.

Honor 9 Lite is not waterproof or dustproof so there is no IP rating for this device. Keeping it away from water and dust would be a good idea.

Honor 9 Lite comes in 2 variants: 3GB-32GB and 4GB-64GB priced at 10999 and 14999 respectively. It will be available on Flipkart from 21st Jan.

Overall, Honor 9 Lite looks like a great looking budget device with decent overall performance and nice dual cameras on both sides. If you like to take selfies then you should consider this device. Even if you do not click selfies, the premium build, beautiful display, lag-free performance makes it a great option in this price range.

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Other options in this range include Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus. We think Honor 9 Lite is a better option because of better processor, better and larger display and dual front camera which is not there in other devices.

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10. InFocus Vision 3

Vision 3

Features

  • 2 GB RAM | 16 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.7 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Midnight Black Colors

Best Price ₹6999



Brief Review:

InFocus, a USA based smartphone manufacturer, that has been under the radar for quite some time has launched a budget delight named InFocus Vision 3 in December 2017.  The smartphone has a robust metal enclosure and looks really sturdy in the hand. It aims at users who want the 2017 bezel-free looks at a minimal price. 

The Vision 3 features a large, 5.7-inch, edge to edge display at an aspect ratio of 18:9 and an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, making a pixel density of 282 PPI. The display is not out of the league from other budget offerings and delivers good colours and crispness. The 2.5D curved glass on top of the screen, which is also scratch resistant adds to overall looks of the device.

At its heart, the Vision 3 is rocked by a MediaTek MTK6737H SoC, backed by 2GB of RAM, which again competes for edge to edge with other budget offerings like the Redmi series from Xiaomi and others. The MediaTek SoC is not the best of the lot and suffers occasional stutters and lags, which are quite common in the price range when put to decent workloads. The Snapdragons would have been a better choice but that isn’t the case here. The device is not intended to delight power users but offers fair value to users, who don’t push the smartphones to limits and are restricted to usual workloads.

Let us tell you upfront, the Vision 3 is not made for gaming and gets considerably warm. You can play light games but after a few minutes the smartphone starts rattling with the body warming up and stutters here and there. Also, multitasking is not super smooth on this one, though it seems enough 2GB RAM for a modern day Android isn’t.  Considering the price, we are not in a position to complain. You get 16GB of onboard storage, which is expandable via MicroSD to up to 128GB, which you would definitely require. 

Coming to cameras, the cameras are weak and suffer in challenging situations. For numbers, there’s a 13MP, f/2.0 sensor at the back along with a secondary telephoto 5MP, f/2.2 sensor, on paper its a legit dual camera setup, which will amaze most of the customers but the performance that this one demonstrates doesn’t match up to dual-camera expectations you’d be having. You do have portrait effect and shallow depth of field effect, owing to that secondary telephoto sensor but the quality isn’t great. In the price range, the quality is still not that bad but we expect a lot more with a smartphone boasting a dual-camera setup. 

On the front side of the camera, you have a 8MP sensor that is a decent performer and InFocus claims that it uses AI to take the best shots, allowing a range of beauty modes and also the bokeh effect, we commend the efforts of InFocus with the Vision 3.

The Vision 3 also introduces InFocus’ custom ROM, based on Android 7.0 Nougat, called SmileUX. InFocus is not promising the Oreo update, actually we would have been surprised if it did, but the silver lining is that the Vision 3 will get the November security patch. 

The InFocus Vision 3 carries a big 4000mAH juice pack, which is more than enough for a day and will carry on to next day too. InFocus claims the battery life to be 2 days and more, we are skeptical. Also, the fingerprint scanner is disappointing with a sluggish performance. Overall the smartphone is a quality offering in the low budget segment and gives the likes of Xiaomi a run for their money.

Despite a big battery and display, the device does not feel heavy and is easy to hold.

That beautiful and trendsetter 2017 edge to edge display along with dual-camera setup, the InFocus Vision 3 brings all that the flagships were about in 2017, at a price tag of just Rs. 6999. Its a great value for money, though if you are all into performance, Vision 3 will not satisfy your needs.  InFocus Vision 3 is available to buy, right now on Amazon

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